Garage A Trois

Okay, this band name is misleading on two counts. First, there are four guys in Garage A Trois, though originally there were three, and garage rock is not on the menu. Rather, the freaky New Orleans outfit dishes out a cosmic stew of equal parts funk, soul, rock, and jazz. The players’ collective resume is dizzying, and includes stints with Les Claypool, Galactic, Trey Anasatio, and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, but there’s no jam-band tedium. In fact, Garage A Trois is surprisingly accessible. Famed guitarist Charlie Hunter was even a founding member, though he departed in 2007. Now a decade running, the unique sax/drums/vibes/keys quartet has a new third album, Power Patriot. It’s a study in both wild-eyed range and play-it-cool finesse, going from burly to chill to arty in seconds. Doing a quick tour before heading to Japan in January, Garage A Trois are kindly prefacing their Seattle bar show with an all-ages appearance at Easy Street Records in West Seattle at 6 p.m. DOUG WALLEN

Tue., Dec. 8, 9 p.m., 2009

 
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